05 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Obese From The Heart: A Fat Psychiatrist Discloses by Sara L. Stein

So, check it out… it’s a book about fat people WRITTEN BY… (wait for it) a fat person! How could she dare? What does she know about losing weight? I mean, she’s fat, so she obviously doesn’t know what she’s talking about, right?

A-ha! But this isn’t a weight loss book. Oh, she gives a few tips and hints, yes, of course. But she tells you repeatedly that she doesn’t have all the answers. She can tell you how she feels, how nearly every obese person feels. The stigma, the overcompensation. She also let’s her sense of humor bleed through a few times. She also lets her heart break right on the page a few times.

Will you lose weight with her new revolutionary plan? Um. No. If you are obese (and I am – shocking, I know) you know how to lose weight. You aren’t just plain lazy, you aren’t un-knowledgeable about what you need to do. Us fat people already know what we need to do. We’ve read the diet plans, we’ve eaten nothing by cabbage and sunflower seeds for a week. We’ve read the hoo-rah-rah self help books. What we really haven’t had before is someone that’s there with us. We haven’t had someone that took the time to write a book about what it really means to be overweight. A few tried, but none really succeeded until now.

This book resonated with me. I struggle, daily, with food. I always have. I always will. Even if I wake up tomorrow 100 pounds lighter, I will still struggle with it. The past year, I’ve made changes, I work out weekly, I walk, I exercise, I get up off my butt and move around. I try to be aware of what I’m eating (and yes, there are days – weeks even – when I honestly don’t care, but I’m aware that I don’t care!)

This book is not only for the obese folks. If you work with overweight people, I think should be required reading to get a look inside their minds – to really understand what’s going on in their heads. It’s also a good overall book about self-esteem. Give it a read, you won’t be disappointed.

Finally a book comes along that answers why we are obese. Overweight is a lifestyle issue with risk to health; obesity is a brain disease with associated illness. Our current prescription of behavior modification fails to address the underlying causes of obesity, and sets the obese person up for failure. This is a why-not book, a what-about-me book, a my-turn-now book.

Drawing on her own battles with weight loss and years of experience as a physician and a psychiatrist, Sara L. Stein, M.D., tackles obesity with a fresh, honest, and holistic approach. Losing weight is the result of treating the whole person, mending Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Obese From the Heart addresses the everyday challenges of obesity – the fruitless struggle to lose weight, the self-conscious embarrassment of first impressions, and the hopeless, hollow chorus of ‘I’ll start tomorrow…’. Starting from the inside out, Dr. Stein teaches healthy, balanced, and energetic living that anyone can practice starting now.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 47

One Response to “Obese From The Heart: A Fat Psychiatrist Discloses by Sara L. Stein”

  1. Chris Heidel 5 July 2010 at 12:11 pm Permalink

    I learned so much from that book. So glad to hear you say you identified.
    Chris HeidelĀ“s last blog post ..The Boys of Summer

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